There are so many fun things to do outside of Columbia including tons of music, art, festivals, and much more. Enjoy a bicycle ride through the breathtaking preservation of Spartanburg or a night of rock climbing with the family. No matter what you choose, you are bound to have a great time.
Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays – Hagood Creek Petroglyph Site of South Carolina at the Hagood Mill State Historic Site in Pickens. Come see these historical markings open to the public on these days. For more information call (864) 898-2936.
Thursdays Through July – Music on Main at Morgan Square in Spartanburg. Enjoy some after work entertainment and fun. For more information call (864) 596-2026 or visit http://www.cityofspartanburg.org/music-on-main.
Third Thursdays – Art Walk in downtown Spartanburg. For more information call (864) 582-7616 or visit http://spartanburgartwalk.com/.
Fridays – Bluegrass Jam Session at 5301 Dacusville Highway in Pumpkintown. For more information call (864) 898-3815 or visit http://www.drbanjo.com/classes/2012-03-gilbert-nelson-pumpkintown.php.
Third Fridays – Contra Dancing at the First Presbyterian Church in Spartanburg. Enjoy an evening of dancing and learning a variety of cultural dances. For more information call (864) 308-1337 or visit https://www.facebook.com/Spartanburg-Contra-Dancers-493231910812229/.
Second Saturdays – House Concerts at the Hagood Mill Historic Site and Folklife Center in Pickens. For more information call (864) 898-2936 or visit http://www.co.pickens.sc.us/CulturalCommission/CurrentEvents/default.aspx#AttheHagoodMill.
Third Saturdays – Milling, Music, and Memories at the Hagood Mills Historic Site and Folklife Center in Pickens. For more information call (864) 898-2936 or visit http://www.co.pickens.sc.us/CulturalCommission/CurrentEvents/default.aspx#AttheHagoodMill.
Sundays – Sundays Unplugged at the Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg. Relax, unwind, and unplug while enjoying the galleries and live entertainment. For more information call (864) 542-2787 or visit http://www.chapmanculturalcenter.org/events.
Through September 17 – Trains, Trains, and more Trains at the Mauldin Cultural Center in Mauldin. This is the annual model train exhibit that will absolutely amaze you! For more information call (864) 335-4862 or visit http://www.mauldinculturalcenter.org/2016/01/20/2016-season-announced/.
Through September 25 – “Beauty and the Beast” at the Peace Center in Greenville. You will be thrilled with the real life rendition of this Disney fairytale. For more information call (864) 467-3000 or visit http://www.peacecenter.org/events/detail/disneys-beauty-and-the-beast-1.
September 15 – Greenville Women of Distinction at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research TD Gallery in Clemson. This annual fund raising event for the Girl Scouts honors special women for their professional accomplishments. For more information call (864) 770-1415 or visit http://www.gssc-mm.org/en/donate/Women/Greenville.html.
September 15 – “Ben Folds and a Piano” at the Peace Center in Greenville. This multi-platinum singer/songwriter/producer, formerly of “Ben Folds Five”, has amazed fans with his new solo career of creating and exploring. For more information call (864) 467-3000 or visit http://www.peacecenter.org/events/detail/ben-folds.
September 16 – “Hanks Williams Jr.” at the Heritage Park Amphitheater in Simpsonville. He’s back in South Carolina and you don’t want to miss this performance! For more information call (864) 757-3022 or visit http://heritageparkamphitheatre.com/services/hank-williams-jr/.
September 16 – 17 – Symphony of Quilts at the Shaver Recreational Center in Seneca. There will be 22 categories of quilts displayed, handmade and consigned items, vendors, and a silent auction. For more information call (864) 885-2709 or visit http://www.lmqg.org/files/QS16SymphonyOfQuiltsInfo.pdf.
September 16 – 17 – Spartoberfest at Jesus Our Risen Savior Catholic Church in Spartanburg. This Oktoberfest celebration will include lots of live music & entertainment, great food, and a Christmas Market to help you begin your holiday shopping. For more information call (864) 576-1164 or visit http://www.spartoberfest.com/.
September 16 – 17 – Indie Craft Parade at Huguenot Mill at the Peace Center in Greenville. This event is filled with a variety of handmade art items in all types of media. For more information call (864) 679-9274 or visit http://www.makerscollective.org/indiecraftparade/.
September 17 – Preservation Bicycle Ride at Strawberry Hill USA in Chesnee. Enjoy one of three different routes, with each taking a specially selected scenic route through Spartanburg County. For more information call (864) 327-0090 or visit http://www.upstateforever.org/preservation-ride.
September 17 – Open Arms 5K Trail Run at Conestee Park in Greenville. Enjoy a run through this beautiful park! For more information visit http://www.openarms5k.com/Details.html.
September 17 – Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Carolina Wren Park in Anderson. This is a 2 mile walk in order to raise funds and awareness about this devastating disease. For more information call (864) 699-0623 or visit http://act.alz.org/site/TR/Walk2016/SC-SouthCarolina?fr_id=9286&pg=entry.
September 17 – Splash Open Water Charity Swim at Devil’s Fork State Park on Lake Jocassee in Salem. This event will include a 1.2 mile and a 2.4 mile swim. For more information call (864) 400-9967 or visit http://upstatesplash.org/openwaterswim/.
September 17 – South Greenville Fair at Simpsonville City Park in Simpsonville. View farm animals and watch the judging, view chalk art, enter the BBQ contest, shop with vendors, eat tasty treats, and enjoy live entertainment. For more information call (864) 430-1412 or visit http://www.southgreenvillefair.com/.
September 17 – Annual South Carolina State Old Time Fiddling Championship at the Haygood Mill Historic Site and Folklife Center in Pickens. If you enjoying the sound of a fiddle, you will absolutely enjoy this event or maybe you’ll want to enter the competition! For more information call (864) 898-2936 or visit http://www.visitpickenscounty.com/event/1484/annual-south-carolina-state-old-time-fiddling-championship-at-hagood-mill/.
September 17 – 18 – Farm Fresh Fair at The Farm at Rabon Creek in Fountain Inn. This is a gathering of vintage collectors, artisans, musicians, makers, and fresh food to offer you two days of shopping, eating, and relaxing on this beautiful 80 acre farm. For more information visit http://www.thefarmatraboncreek.com/farmfreshfair.
September 20 – “Meghan Trainor” at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville. Enjoy some good recent top 40 with this fabulous entertainer and singer. For more information call (864) 241-3800 or visit http://www.bonsecoursarena.com/event/meghan-trainor/.
September 21 – 23 – Walhalla Octoberfest at Sertoma Field in Walhalla. Fill your weekend with lots of German heritage activities, music, dancing, food, ales, crafts, and even a fireworks display. For more information visit http://walhallaoktoberfest.webs.com/.
September 22 – 24 – Euphoria Festival in downtown Greenville. This highly anticipated event includes exclusive tasting events, intimate musical experiences, food truck rodeos, cooking demonstrations, wine seminars, delicious multi-course dinners, and live entertainment. For more information call (864) 233-5663 or visit http://www.euphoriagreenville.com/.
September 22 – 24 & 29 – October 1 – “Nora’s House” at Center Stage Theatre at North Greenville University in Tigerville. This work is an experiential piece by the Executive Director and his students that deconstructs Henry Ibsen’s “The Doll House” for the contemporary audience. For more information call (864) 977-7085 or visit http://www.ngu.edu/theatre-season.php.
September 22 – 25 – Spartanburg Greek Festival at the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Spartanburg. You will find lots of good Greek food, pastries, music, dancing, and shopping. For more information visit http://www.spartanburggreekfestival.com/.
September 23 – Handbags for Hope in the Huguenot Loft at the Peace Center for the Performing Arts in Greenville. The event will include heavy hors d’ oeuvres, drinks, prizes, and over 100 unique items donated for a silent and live auction. For more information call (864) 373-6306 or visit http://www.scovariancancer.org/index.php?id=6.
September 23 – 24 – SOOIE Mauldin Barbecue Cook-Off at the Mauldin Cultural Center in Mauldin. Spend your Friday evening with non-BBQ items and live entertainment by “The Blue Dogs” and your Saturday tasting a variety of BBQ’s, letting the kids play in the Kids Zone, and more live entertainment by “The Piedmont Boys.” For more information call (864) 289-8903 or visit https://mauldinbbq.com/.
September 24 – Pokemon Meet and Greet at the Anderson County Museum. All skill levels and ages are welcome as if you don’t know how to play, you can learn! For more information call (864) 260-4737 or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/629904897169176/.
September 24 – Due West Fall Festival at the Robinson Intramural Field in Due West. Enjoy a huge yard sale, inflatables, a white elephant sale, music, vintage cars, baked goods, crafts, and food. For more information call (864) 379-2385 or visit https://www.facebook.com/DueWestFallFestival.
September 24 – Concert of Hope and Remembrance at Boulevard Baptist Church in Anderson. Enjoy an evening of inspirational love songs with all proceeds to benefit local individuals struggling with cancer. For more information call (864) 222-3500 or visit http://www.cancerassociationanderson.org/concert_of_hope_and_remembrance0.aspx.
September 24 – Susan G. Komen S.C. Mountain to the Midlands Affiliate Race for the Cure 5K at Heritage Park in Simpsonville. In addition to the race will be a survivor’s breakfast, and the run, as well as food truck vendors for after the race. a survivor ceremony, Jazzercise, For more information call (864) 234-5035 or visit http://scmountainstomidlands.info-komen.org/site/TR?fr_id=6440&pg=entry.
September 24 – 25 – “Great Escape” at the Peace Center in Greenville. Enjoy this beautiful concert by the Greenville Symphony Orchestra! For more information call (864) 467-3000 or visit http://www.peacecenter.org/events/detail/the-great-escape.
September 27 – October 2 – “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” at the Peace Center in Greenville. This hit show was the 2014 Tony Award winner for Best Musical and is sure to make you laugh until you cry! For more information call (864) 467-3000 or visit http://www.peacecenter.org/events/detail/a-gentlemans-guide-to-love-murder.
September 29 – Rock Out Hunger at Fluor Field in Greenville. Rock out to “Drivin’ and Cryin’” while enjoying craft spirit tasting from 10 of South Carolinas finest distilleries all to benefit Loaves and Fishes food pantry. For more information call (864) 232-3595 or visit http://loavesandfishesgreenville.com/roh/.
September 29 – October 2 – Oktoberfest at NOMA Square on North Main in Greenville. Enjoy lots of live entertainment, bratwurst, beer, a stein holding competition, and much more! For more information call (864) 248-1658 or visit http://nomasquare.com/oktoberfest/.
September 30 – Jammin’ for Genes at the Greenwood Genetics Center in Greenwood. Enjoy an evening of live entertainment and barbecue on the lawn with proceeds to benefit the Genetics Centers Foundation. For more information call (864) 941-8100 or visit http://www.ggc.org/jammin-for-genes.html.
October 1 – Spartanburg International Festival at Barnet Park in Spartanburg. With over 75 different countries represented in the area, you are sure to have the chance to try a variety of new international foods as well as shop with international vendors. For more information visit http://www.cityofspartanburg.org/events/international-festival.
October 1 – Race the Helix at the Greenwood Genetics Center campus in Greenwood. This is a 5K or a 1 mile walk/run to benefit the Genetics Centers Foundation. For more information call (864) 941-8100 or visit http://www.ggc.org/race-the-helix.html.
October 1 – Greer Station Oktoberfest in downtown Greer. Enjoy German food, ales, and oompah bands! For more information call (864) 877-3131 or visit http://greerchamber.com/events/greer-station-oktoberfest/.
October 1 – Belton Standpipe Heritage and Arts Festival on the Square in Belton. Enjoy a day filled with fun activities to include a 5K and a 1 mile run/walk, a car show, live entertainment, historic mule drawn wagon rides, fire truck rides, food vendors, craft vendors, and much more. For more information call (864) 338-8556 or visit http://beltonalliance.com/standpipe-heritage-and-art-festival/.
October 1 – 2 – Aunt Het Annual Quilt Show at the Fountain Inn Activity Center in Fountain Inn. View some of the most beautiful quilts in the area in addition to vendor booths, a boutique, a silent auction, and more. For more information call (864) 905-6486 or visit http://ntquiltguild.com/quilt-show.html.
October 3 – 8 – South Carolina Foothills Heritage Fair on Hwy. 123 between Seneca and Westminster. You’ll enjoy amusement rides, livestock shows, live entertainment, a baking contest, and much more! For more information call (864) 280-1944 or visit http://carolinafoothillsheritagefair.org/.
Second Mondays – Family Climb Night at the Northside Recreation Center in Rock Hill. Bring the family and challenge yourself by climbing the rock wall. For more information call (803) 329-5633 or visit http://www.visitrockhillsc.com/events/northside-recreation-center-family-climb-nights-2015-12-14/.
Fourth Saturdays – Bluegrass Series at Haynes Auditorium in Batesburg-Leesville. Add a little Bluegrass music to your month. For more information call (803) 582-8479 or visit http://www.haynesbluegrass.com/.
Fourth Saturdays – Mountain Dulcimers of Aiken at the Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum in Aiken. Join these musicians or just enjoy the music, but be sure to stop by and be entertained by these mountain instruments and those who enjoy playing them. For more information call (803) 293-7846 or visit http://www.visitaikensc.com/calendar/event/the_mountain_dulcimers_of_aiken.
Saturdays – Hour Long Historic Train Ride at the South Carolina Railroad Museum in Winnsboro. Ride an old passenger train from the dining car, a passenger car, or even the caboose. For more information call (803) 635-9893 or visit http://www.scrm.org/welcomepage.html.
Saturdays weather permitting – Aiken Trolley Tours at the Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum. Explore Aiken’s charm, grace, and elegance with one of these two hour tours. For more information call (803) 644-1907 or visit http://www.visitaikensc.com/calendar/event/aiken_historic_tour.
Through September 17 – “Beauty and the Beast” at the Aiken Community Playhouse in Aiken. You will surely enjoy this theatrical rendition of the famous Disney story. For more information call (803) 648-1438 or visit http://aikenplayhouse.us/shows/2016-2017-season/beauty-and-the-beast/.
Through September 30 – “Where We Are Now” Exhibit at the Arts & Heritage Center of North Augusta. This is a showcase of three local artists Jill Stafford, Lala Mulherin Streett, and Lou Ann Zimmerman. For more information call (803) 441-4380 or visit http://www.artsandheritagecenter.com/common/content.asp?PAGE=367.
Through September 30 – Clay Artist of the Southeast Exhibit: “A CASE of Humor” at the Arts & Heritage Center of North Augusta. CASE is a group of clay artists who meet regularly and use a variety of techniques with clay. For more information call (803) 441-4380 or visit http://www.artsandheritagecenter.com/common/content.asp?PAGE=367.
Through October 29 – “The Gospel According to Tennessee” at the NarroWay Theatre and Conference Center in Fort Mill. This dinner theatre show is set in 1926 and is based on a true story of fun in East Tennessee. For more information call (803) 802-2300 or visit https://narroway.net/schedule#year=2016&month=8&day=1&view=month.
Through November 24 – Downtown Market in downtown Sumter. Find fresh food, produce, arts and crafts, and more. For more information call (803) 436-2500 or visit http://www.sumtersc.gov/downtown-market.aspx.
September 15 – Sumter Green Fall Feast at the University of South Carolina Nettles Building in Sumter. Dress in your favorite 80’s clothes and come out for an evening of music and good locally prepared foods. For more information call (803) 436-2500 or visit http://www.sumtersc.gov/fall-feast.
September 16 – “Marina Lomazov” at the Etherredge Center in Aiken. This Ukrainian/American pianist has been identified as “one of the most passionate and charismatic performers” as well as “a diva on the piano” and “simply spectacular”. For more information call (803) 641-3305 or visit http://aikensymphonyorchestra.com/the-russian-romantics/.
September 16 – Food Truck Friday at Fountain Park in Old Towne Rock Hill. End your week with good food, live entertainment, and even kids activities. For more information call (803) 329-8756 or visit http://onlyinoldtown.com/do/featured/45/food-truck-fridays-fountain-park.
September 16 – 17 – Southern Studies Showcase at a variety of locations in Edgefield. This two day event, put on by the Old Edgefield District Genealogical Society and the Edgefield Civic League, will include a weekend of workshops and speakers, with a Friday night block party. For more information call (803) 637-1800 or visit http://www.exploreedgefield.com/events.
September 16 – 17 – Coming of Age Quilt Show at Events at Manchester in Rock Hill. Come out and see some of the most beautiful quilts you’ve ever seen with demonstrations, mini-workshops, and vendors. For more information call (714) 333-5524 or visit http://yorkcountyquilters.org/events/biennial-quilt-show/.
September 16 – 18 – 24 Hours of LeMons at the Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw and downtown Camden. Enjoy participating or watching cheap cars participate in an endurance race with the show of cars and block party on Friday in Camden before the weekend of racing. For more information call (803) 432-6448 or visit http://www.24hoursoflemons.com/events-results/article/173-lemons-south-fall.
September 17 – Forest Ray 5K at the main library in downtown Sumter. This walk or run event will benefit upkeep and modifications of the library. For more information visit http://www.sumtercountylibrary.org/ForrestRay5k.htm.
September 17 – Santee Indian Tribe Pow-Wow at 432 Bayview Street in Holly Hill. See some of the rituals and dancing of the Santee Indian Tribe and shop their unique Native craft wares. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/551342858399032/.
September 17 – Clover Auto Show and Fall Festival on Main Street in Clover. There will be lots of family fun, games, inflatables, arts and crafts, live entertainment, and much more! For more information call (803) 984-3630 or visit http://www.thecloverjaycees.com/fall-festival–auto-show.html.
September 17 – BBQ Train at the South Carolina Railroad Museum in Winnsboro. View the countryside by train in an open air car while enjoying a tasty BBQ dinner. For more information call (803) 712-4135 or visit http://scrm.org/ridethetrainpage.html.
September 18 – “An Afternoon with Nathalie Dupree” at the Museum of York County in Rock Hill. Enjoy refreshments and appetizers while learning how to cook Nathalie’s famous biscuits and get one of her books personally signed. For more information call (803) 981-9182 or visit http://www.visitrockhillsc.com/events/museum-of-york-county-an-afternoon-with-nathalie-dupree-2/.
September 18 – 24 – Railroad Daze in downtown Branchville. Enjoy a week filled with lots of live entertainment to include a talent show and can-can girls, a pet show, a magic show, gunfights, carnival rides, a street dance, and more! For more information call (803) 274-8831 or visit http://www.raylrodedazefestivul.com/.
September 22 – 23 – “The Wonderbread Years” at the Aiken Performing Arts Center in Aiken. This fast paced, hilarious production walks the line between stand-up and theater, and will provide an full evening of fun! For more information call (803) 643-4774 or visit http://www.apagonline.org/seasons/2016-2017/wonderbreadyears.html.
September 23 – Festival of the Woods at Hitchcock Woods in Aiken. In honor of the history and natural resources enjoy an evening of a great locally prepared dinner and a guest speaker. For more information call (803) 642-0548 or visit http://www.hitchcockwoods.org/enjoy/festival_of_the_woods.
September 23 – 24 – Home and Garden Show at the Odell Weeks Activity Center in Aiken. Find those experts you’ve been looking for to help you with those building, remodeling, landscaping and/or decorating projects you’ve been working on. For more information call (803) 644-2369 or visit www.AikenHomeShow.com.
September 24 – Octoberfest in downtown Aiken. Fill your evening with German inspired food and beverages, while enjoying entertainment by an oompah band. For more information call (803) 649-2221 or visit http://www.visitaikensc.com/calendar/event/the_third_annual_oktoberfest.
September 24 – Alpaca Farm Days at Carolina Prime Pastures in Pomaria. Visit with the alpacas, learn about their farm life, view alpaca art, and there will be a jump castle just for the kids! For more information call (803) 480-3750 or visit http://www.cppastures.com/.
September 24 – Take a Child Outside at the Museum of York County in Rock Hill. Enjoy fall flowers, watch a butterfly release, participate in a scavenger hunt, try geocaching, and more. For more information call (803) 329-2121 or visit http://chmuseums.org/event/2047/.
September 24 – Dr. Steven Fields Book-signing and Talks at the Museum of York County in Rock Hill. Meet with the curator of the museum and learn about his new book, In Your Nature: Ponderings of a Carolina Piedmont Naturalist”. For more information call (803) 329-2121 or visit http://chmuseums.org/event/2047/.
September 24 – Piedmont Pottery Festival at Historic Brattonsville in McConnells. Celebrate the Souths rich pottery history and shop for pottery created by some of the best traditional potters in the region, as well as enjoying a tour of this historical site. For more information call (803) 684-2327 or visit http://chmuseums.org/event/2075/.
September 24 – Aiken State Park Field Trip at Aiken State Park in Windsor. In honor of National Public Lands Day, the Augusta-Aiken Audubon Society group is sponsoring this 2.2 mile walk in search of migratory birds. For more information call (803) 215-1594 or visit http://augustaaikenaudubon.org/fieldtrips.html.
September 24 – Heritage Jubilee Festival in downtown Edgefield. Enjoy a day filled with live entertainment, historical reenactors, a classic car and tractor show, a kid’s area with a rock wall, inflatables, an outdoor adventure simulator, and train rides, and much more! For more information call (803) 637-1800 or visit http://www.exploreedgefield.com/event/heritage-jubliee-2.
September 24 – Fish Fry and Singing by the “King James 1611 Boys” at Friendship United Methodist Church in Rock Hill. Enjoy some good fried fish and/or chicken while enjoying some good gospel music. For more information call (803) 324-0482 or visit http://www.friendshipumc-rockhill.org/DatestoRemember.
September 26 – FOTAS Golf Tournament and Helicopter Ball Drop at Woodside Plantation Country Club in Aiken. Participate in the tournament, or purchase a pre-numbered ball and if your ball dropped from the helicopter is the first to land in the hole, you will win $1,000. For more information call (603) 533-4111 or visit http://www.fotasaiken.org/golf-tournament-save-the-date/.
September 27 – October 2 – Sumter County Fair at the Sumter County Fairgrounds. Enjoy livestock shows, art shows, flower shows, ride amusement rides, eat fun fair food, and much more! For more information call (803) 775-5200 or visit http://www.sumterfair.com/.
September 29 – Taste of Clarendon at Cypress Center in Manning. Enjoy foods and beverages from local restaurants in the area. For more information call (803) 435-4405 or visit http://clarendoncounty.com/calendar.php.
September 30 – BBQ, Bluegrass, and Blue Jeans at The Farm in Ridgeway. Enjoy an evening of good food, good music and beverages, as well as a live and silent auction all to benefit Fairfield Memorial Hospital. For more information call (803) 608-5510 or visit http://fairfieldchamber.sc/m/events/view/BBQ-Bluegrass-Blue-Jeans-2016-02-23.
September 30 – October 1 – Rock Around the Clock Festival in downtown Winnsboro. Enjoy a weekend of live entertainment, dancing, food vendors, arts and crafts, children’s amusements, a car and truck show, and more. The event will begin with a parade and a street dance on Friday with , For more information call (803) 635-4242 or visit http://fairfieldchamber.sc/m/articles/view/Rock-Around-the-Clock-Festiva.
October 1 – Aiken County Migration Count at Kathwood Ponds at Silver Bluff in Aiken. Participate in this annual event to help identify the variety and number of birds that pass through this area of South Carolina. For more information call (803) 215-1594 or visit http://augustaaikenaudubon.org/fieldtrips.html.
October 1 – Annual S.E.E.D. at the University of South Carolina campus in Aiken. This science education enrichment day will be filled with every possible topic you can imagine, learn about everything from astronomy to beekeeping or find an interactive activity to participate in such as manning a championship robot, so this is an event you do not want to miss as there is something for everyone! For more information call (803) 641-3313 or visit http://rpsec.usca.edu/SEED/.
October 1 – Sassafras Festival at Sassafras Park in Burnettown. Event will include a carnival, a car show, touch-a-truck, food, and craft vendors. For more information call (803) 593-2676 or visit http://www.tbredcountry.org/common/content.asp?CONTENT=12022&PAGE=311.
October 1 – St. Mary’s Chocolate Festival at St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church in Aiken. Enjoy baked goods, international foods, games for all ages, plants for sale, and more! For more information call (803) 649-2071 or visit http://www.tbredcountry.org/common/content.asp?CONTENT=12021&PAGE=311.
October 3 – 9 – Orangeburg County Fair at the Orangeburg County Fair Grounds in Orangeburg. Enjoy live entertainment, competitions, amusement rides, fair food, and more! For more information visit http://www.orangeburgcountyfair.org/.
October 4 – Hickory Hill Milk Fall Festival & Dairy Tour at the Hickory Hill Farm in Edgefield. Enjoy live entertainment and food vendors, as well as horse drawn wagon tour of the farm while learning about the art of dairy farming and a corn maze. For more information call (803) 480-3312 or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/173336403073297/.
Daily – “Day in the Life of a Sailor” at Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site in Charleston. Board the 17th Century sailing ketch and learn about the trade and travel of that period. For more information call (843) 852-4200 or visit http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/products/10003481.
Daily – History Tours at the Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon in Charleston. Learn about the history of the Old Exchange, which presents an array of relics from the Civil and Revolutionary Wars, as well as a fun tour of the Provost Dungeon while hearing stories of pirates and patriots. For more information call (888) 763-0448 or visit http://oldexchange.org/planavisit/.
Mondays – Coastal Kayaking at Huntington Beach State Park in Murrells Inlet. Enjoy some salt water kayaking on the marsh of this beautiful State Park. For more information call (843) 235-8755 or visit Error! Hyperlink reference not valid..
Tuesdays and Thursdays – Saturdays – Bulls Island Ferry Service and Eco Tour, starting at Garris Landing in Awendaw. Bulls Island is part of the Cape Romaine National Wildlife Refuge and can only be accessed by boat or by ferry. For more information call (843) 881-4582 or visit http://www.bullsislandferry.com/.
Tuesdays through Sundays – Guided Tours at the McLeod Plantation Historic Site on James Island. Enjoy a tour of the last of 17 antebellum plantations on James Island. For more information call (843) 762-2172 or visit https://www.ccprc.com/1447/McLeod-Plantation-Historic-Site.
Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays – Myrtle’s Market at Mr. Joe White Avenue at Oak Street in Myrtle Beach. This local market is the place to get fresh produce for your vacation. For more information call (843) 918-4906 or visit http://www.cityofmyrtlebeach.com/market.html.
Thursdays – “The Civil War Era” at the Coastal Discovery Museum on Hilton Head Island. Learn a little about Hilton Head’s part in the history of the Civil War. For more information call (843) 689-6767 ext. 223 or visit http://www.coastaldiscovery.org/home/discover-and-learn/site-tours-programs/.
Fridays thru Tuesdays – Guided House Tours at Hampton Plantation State Historic Site in McClellanville. Learn about the prominent Colonial families that lived in the home and about the construction of the homes of that period. For more information call (843) 546-9361 or visit http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/products/10002645.
Third Saturdays – Craft Show at the Bi-Lo Palmetto Pavilion in Mount Pleasant. Event includes crafts by local artisans. For more information call (843) 884-0163 or visit https://www.facebook.com/ECCG3rdSaturdays.
Third Saturdays – Cannon Firings at Charles Towne Landing in Charleston. Come experience the firing of a 17th century cannon. For more information call (843) 852-4200 or visit http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/files/State%20Parks%20Files/CTL/CTL_3Sat_Cannon.pdf.
Saturdays – Honey Horn Nature Walk at the Coastal Discovery Museum on Hilton Head Island. Enjoy a tour of some of the natural areas, as well as the gardens, at this beautiful site. For more information call (843) 689-6767 ext. 223 or visit http://www.coastaldiscovery.org/event-registration/?ee=3398.
Saturdays – Snakes and Reptiles at Huntington Beach State Park in Murrells Inlet. Learn about these secretive animals while learning about their benefit in nature. You’ll even get the chance to touch one of these fascinating creatures. For more information call (843) 237-4440 or visit http://southcarolinaparks.com/products/10002642.
Tuesday through Sunday – Guided Tours of the McLeod Plantation Historic Site in Charleston. This is a 60 acre plantation with one of the best intact examples of slaves quarters. For more information call (843) 762-2172 or visit http://www.mcleodplantation.org/.
Through October 1 – “The History of Fishing” at the South Carolina Maritime Museum in Georgetown. Learn about the history of the large fish that use to be caught and how many have been caught to extinction. For more information call (843) 520-0111 or visit http://scmaritimemuseum.org/new-exhibit-the-history-of-fishing.
Through October 3 – Abstract Imagination – 1st Friday Exhibit at Beaufort River Glass in Beaufort. This exhibit by Becky Marshall is a series of abstract paintings reflecting her years as a children’s art teacher and her love of the Low Country. For more information call (843) 379-5445 or visit http://www.beaufortriverglass.com/pages/events.
Through November 26 – Charleston Farmers Market in Marion Square in downtown Charleston. You will find fresh produce, herbs, crafts, freshly made breakfast items, live entertainment and more. For more information call (843) 724-7309.
Through December 17 – Artists and Artisans Night Market at the Charleston City Market in Charleston. Find an array of hand-crafted and original items along with music and entertainment covering three blocks of Market Street. For more information call (843) 327-5976 or visit http://www.thecharlestoncitymarket.com/.
September 13 – Field Day at the Pee Dee Research and Education Center in Florence. Get a behind the scenes tour of the research and education center and meet those individuals who run the center and learn what they do. For more information call (843) 519-0487 or visit http://calendar.clemson.edu/event/pee_dee_rec_field_day_2016#.V8Mrz5grLNO.
September 15 – What Lies Beneath: Archaeology of the Pre-Drayton Era at the South Carolina Society Hall in Charleston. This presentation by the curator of Drayton Hall will talk about the on-site excavations that have taken place and what they have learned as a result. For more information call (843) 769-2627 or visit http://www.charlestoncvb.com/events/what-lies-beneath-the-archaeology-of-the-pre-drayton-era-~10722/.
September 15 – Yappy Hour at James Island County Park on James Island. Enjoy entertainment by the “High Five Duo” while enjoying time with your canine and friends. For more information call (843 795-4386 or visit https://www.ccprc.com/1181/Yappy-Hour.
September 15 – Music on Main: “Midnight Alley” on the Horseshoe in North Myrtle Beach. Enjoy an evening of dancing with this fun and entertaining band! For more information call (843) 280-5570 or visit http://parks.nmb.us/festivalsevents/concerts/music-on-main-concert-series/.
September 15 – 17 – Zugunruhefest at the Avian Conservation Center/Center for Birds of Prey in Awendaw. This weekend is the Southeast’s most comprehensive migration focused birding festival and with our location along the Atlantic flyway we have prime opportunities to enjoy fall bird migration of raptors and shore birds. There will be boating and walking trips, as well as a variety of onsite activities available for kids and adults alike, as well as food vendors. For more information call (843) 891-7474 or visit http://www.thecenterforbirdsofprey.org/zugunruhefest/.
September 15 – 18 – Charleston Scottish Games and Highland Gathering at Boone Hall Plantation in Charleston. The weekend will begin with Scotch Whiskey tasting at Gage Hall followed by a Highlands Ball at The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel, then the Scottish games begin at Boone Hall with live entertainment by bands such as “Rathkeltar”, pipping and drumming, dancing, children’s activities, and lots of vendors serving beverages, good, and wares. For more information call (843) 884-4371 or visit http://www.charlestonscots.org/.
September 16 – Sounds of Summer Concert Series: “Andrew Thielen Big Band” at the North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex in North Myrtle Beach. Enjoy the last concert of the summer with the sounds of “big band”. For more information call (843) 280-5570 or visit http://parks.nmb.us/festivalsevents/concerts/sounds-of-summer-concert-series/.
September 16 – Moonlight Mixer at the Pier at Folly Beach. Enjoy one last evening on the Pier while dancing the night away. For more information call (843) 795-4386 or visit https://www.ccprc.com/1618/Moonlight-Mixers.
September 16 – 17 – Pamplico Cypress Festival on Main Street in Pamplico. Enjoy amusement rides, live entertainment, a street dance, arts and craft vendors, good food and good fun. For more information call (843) 687-3349/(843) 493-5551 or visit http://www.townofpamplico.com/cypress_festival.
September 16 – 17 – Catfish Festival at the Hardeeville City Hall in Hardeeville. Enjoy a weekend filled with activities, such as a parade, a 5K, a fishing tournament, a cook-off/bake-off, live entertainment, and much, much more! For more information call (843) 368-1706 or visit http://www.hardeevillecatfishfestival.com/.
September 17 – Barrier Island 5K Run/Hike at St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center in Johns Island. Enjoy a run on this beautiful barrier island. For more information call (843) 364-2171 or visit http://go-greenevents.com/event/id/5072.
September 17 – Southeast Crab Festival at Fennell Elementary School in Yemassee. Enjoy all you can eat blue crab, fish and chips, while enjoying music and family related activities. For more information visit http://www.eventbrite.com/e/southeast-crab-feast-yemassee-sc-tickets-21681556118?ref=ebtnebtckt.
September 17 – Italian Heritage Festival at the Coastal Discovery Museum on Hilton Head Island. Enjoy a day filled with Italian music and fabulous food. For more information call (412) 897-1148 or visit http://iachh.org/festival.html.
September 17 – Ride the Tide beginning at Litchfield Plantation Marina and ending at Hagley Landing on Pawley’s Island. Float 4 miles down the Waccamaw River followed by an after party at Pawley’s Raw Bar with proceeds from the event benefiting the Smith Medical Clinic. For more information call (843) 333-6178 or visit http://www.givingitforwardtogether.com/events.html.
September 17 – Harvest Hoe Down Festival at the Aynor Town Park in Aynor. Find hundreds of arts, craft, and food vendors; a parade; children’s activities; live entertainment; and even a street dance! For more information call (843) 358-1074 or visit http://www.aynorharvesthoedown.org/.
September 17 – South Carolinas Beard Club Annual Beard and Mustache Competition at the Rockin’ Hard Saloon in Murrells Inlet. This guarantees to be an enjoyable, hairy event and will even include a women’s competition for those creative women who want to “create” a beard or mustache out of unique materials. For more information call (843) 340-6564 or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/577037975790102/.
September 17 – Money Fair at the Alfred Williams Community Center in North Charleston. Learn to take control of your finances and set goals for yourself with these financial experts and gurus. For more information call (843) 225-4343 or visit http://increasinghope.org/money-fair-2016/.
September 18 – Latinos Unidos Food Festival at Shelter Cove Park on Hilton Head Island. Enjoy lots of tasty Latin American foods with the proceeds benefiting the Volunteers in Medicine Clinic! For more information call (843) 689-6612 or visit https://vimclinic.org/latinos-unidos-event-page.
September 18 – Living Green Fest at James Island County Park on James Island. Learn how to be more conservation, health and wellness conscious through demonstrations, interactive play and music, and education shared by experts while enjoying good food, music, and Lowcountry artisans works. For more information call (843) 795-4386 or visit https://www.ccprc.com/1668/Living-Green-Fest.
September 19 – Par Fore Kids Pro Am Classic at May River Golf Club in Bluffton. Proceeds will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Bluffton. For more information call (843) 689-5565 or visit http://www.bgclowcountry.org/bluffton-events.
September 21 – Wine Down Wednesday at Old Towne Creek County Park in Charleston. Enjoy a relaxing evening at this “hidden gem” in West Ashley with wine, food truck fare, and live entertainment. For more information call (843) 795-4386 or visit https://www.ccprc.com/1724/Wine-Down-Wednesday.
September 22 – Music on Main: “Rick Strickland Band” on Main Street in North Myrtle Beach. Spend an enjoyable evening relaxing with the live entertainment of this talented band. For more information call (843) 280-5570 or visit http://parks.nmb.us/festivalsevents/concerts/music-on-main-concert-series/.
September 22 – 25 – Tobacco Festival at the Village Green and downtown Lake City. Enjoy activities such as a catfish tournament, a BBQ cook-off, a watermelon carving contest, a watermelon seed spitting contest, amusement rides, a street dance, and more! For more information call (843) 374-8611 or visit http://www.lakecitysc.org/events/details/2016-south-carolina-tobacco-festival-09-22-2016-361.
September 23 – 24 – Hartsville Fiddlers Convention at the Convention Center Theater in Hartsville. Enter the competition for dobro, guitar, banjo, mandolin, or fiddle or just come out and watch the competition. For more information call (843) 340-6524 or visit http://www.hartsvillefiddlersconvention.com/.
September 23 – 25 – Atalaya Festival at Huntington Beach State Park in Murrell’s Inlet. Enjoy viewing wares from more than 110 of the finest artisans and crafters in the country, as well as good food and live entertainment. For more information call (843) 734-0767 or visit www.AtalayaFestival.com.
September 23 – 25 – Southern Women’s Show at the Charleston Area Convention Center in Charleston. Enjoy the ultimate shopping experience, fashion shows, cooking classes, and so many more fun activities with a guest appearance by handsome “Val Chmerkovskiy”, Season 20’s Dancing with the Stars winner who will actually dance for you! For more information call (704) 376-6594 or visit https://southernshows.com/wcs.
September 24 – Pedal 4 Kids Community Ride at Hilton Head High School on Hilton Head Island. This family friendly event will have 5 distinct routes to choose from with all proceeds to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Hilton Head. For more information call (843) 422-5962 or visit http://pedal4kids.org/.
September 24 – Gatsby Gala at the Charleston Marriott on Lockwood Boulevard in Charleston. Dawn your 1920’s or cocktail attire and enjoy an evening of live entertainment, dinner, dancing, libations, and a silent and live auction. For more information call (843) 747-4099 or visit http://lowcountryorphanrelief.org/events/gatsby-gala/.
September 24 – Rally for Recovery at Timrod Park in Florence. Celebrate and support those with long sobriety from substance use while enjoying live entertainment, free hotdogs and beverages, face painting and more. For more information call (843) 453-2296 or visit http://www.facesandvoicesofrecovery.org/events/2016/09/rally-recovery.
September 24 – Little Mozart Circus in Marion Square in Charleston. This free event will showcase musical education opportunities in the area to include a variety of student ensemble performances, browse a variety of informative tents, schools and music teachers, play games, win prizes, and try instruments at the “instrument petting zoo”. For more information call (843) 763-4941 or visit http://chambermusiccharleston.com/index.php/little-mozart-circus-2/.
September 24 – Irish Italian International Festival on Main Street in North Myrtle Beach. Enjoy food from local restaurants, two stages with live entertainment, street performers, arts & craft vendors, and dance groups with all revolving around an Irish Italian International theme. For more information call (843) 280-5570 or visit http://parks.nmb.us/festivalsevents/festivals/irish-italian-international-festival/.
September 24 – 25 – Adaptive Recreation Expo Weekend in Folly Beach. This weekend will introduce a variety of adaptive sports and leisure activities to encourage those with physical limitations to try something new, with Saturday providing a surfing clinic at Folly Beach County Park and Sunday offering a variety of fun activities to try, watch wheelchair basketball, and/or dance demonstrations at James Island County Park. For more information call (843) 795-4386 or visit https://www.ccprc.com/2070/Adaptive-Recreation-Expo-Weekend.
September 24 – 25 – Seacoast Artists Guild Art in Common Fall Festival at Valor Park in Myrtle Beach. Find a range of handcrafted items for sale, to include photography, drawings, painted arts, jewelry, pottery, stone, wood, and glass crafts. For more information call (843) 748-0133 or visit http://theartsmyrtlebeach.org/event/seacoasts-art-in-common-fall-festival/.
September 24 – October 15 – Pawley’s Island Festival of Music and Art at a variety of locations on the Island. The event will include visual arts as well as musicians and concerts, to include artists such as “Peabo Bryson”. For more information call (843) 626-8911 or visit http://pawleysmusic.com/.
September 25 – Wine Women and Shoes at the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston. Enjoy designer shopping, savory food bites, wine tasting, and a fashion show. For more information call (843) 722-7526 or visit http://www.winewomenandshoes.com/flocrit.
September 26 – October 2 – Myrtle Beach Bike Week Fall Rally in Murrells Inlet and Myrtle Beach. Enjoy a week filled with lots of fun and entertaining activities! For more information call (336) 643-1367 or visit http://www.myrtlebeachbikeweek.com/events/fall-rally/.
September 29 – Music on Main: “Hip Pocket Band” at the Horseshow in North Myrtle Beach. Fill your evening with some fun and enjoyable live entertainment. For more information call (843) 280-5570 or visit http://parks.nmb.us/festivalsevents/concerts/music-on-main-concert-series/.
September 29 – October 1 – St. Johns Greek Festival at St. John the Baptist Green Orthodox Church in Myrtle Beach. Enjoy a weekend filled with lots of good Greek food, live entertainment, and good fun! For more information call (843) 348-3773 or visit http://www.stjohn-mb.org/greek-festival-2016.
September 29 – October 9 – MOJA Arts Festival at a variety of locations around Charleston. This celebration of African American and Caribbean art, to include dance, literary art, music, theater, and visual arts. For more information call (843) 724-7305 or visit http://www.mojafestival.com/home/.
September 30 – Great Gasby Gala at the Summerville County Club in Summerville. Enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, open bar, and live entertainment with proceeds to benefit the Dorchester Children’s Center. For more information call (843) 875-1551 or visit http://www.dorchesterchildren.org/index.php/events/kitchen-tour.
September 30 – October 1 – Beaufort Shrimp Festival at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park in Beaufort. Up to 15 different local restaurants will be presenting their best shrimp dishes and competing for the Silver Cup Award and be sure to vote for your favorite. For more information call (843) 525-6644 or visit http://www.downtownbeaufort.com/beaufort-shrimp-festival.
October 1 – Live Oak Art & Music Fest at the Horry County Courthouse in Conway. This is a community celebration of Creativity and will include lots of live entertainment, artists, and food vendors. For more information visit http://www.createconway.org/live_oak_art_music_fest.
October 1 – Conway Fall Festival in downtown Conway. Event will include a variety of live entertainment, arts and crafts, a classic car show, a kids zone, food, and downtown shopping and dining. For more information call (843) 248-1700 or visit http://www.conwayparksandrecreation.com/fallfestival.html.
October 1 – Hope for Healing Walk at the North Charleston Football Stadium in North Charleston. This 1.5 mile walk will be followed by live entertainment, food, and kids activities with all proceeds to benefit the free medical clinic for the uninsured, the Dream Center Clinic. For more information call (843) 225-1132 or visit https://secure.ministrysync.com/ministrysync/event/website/home/?e=12316.
October 1 – Burgers and Brews Festival at Shelter Cove Community Park on Hilton Head Island. A number of local restaurants will compete for the best slider burgers and there will be more than 20 craft brews for you to wash them down with. For more information visit http://www.islandreccenter.org/community-events/burgers-brew-festival.
October 1 – Showdown on the Square Chili Cook-Off at the Darlington Public Square in Darlington. Enjoy the weekly Market on the Square with produce, plants, music and more, followed by taste testing a variety of chili and see which one is your favorite! For more information call (843) 398-4000 or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/148760222166209/.
October 1 – Breaking Free 5K and 15K Walk/Run at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Florence. This walk run event is to raise awareness about the prevalence and negative impact of domestic violence and to raise money for much needed services for victims and their families. For more information call (800) 237-1820 or visit http://peedeecoalition.org/event/breaking-free-4th-annual-5k-15k-walk-run/.
October 1 – Fall Rollout at the Georgetown County Airport in Georgetown. Enter your car or just pay a visit to view some of the most amazing cars in every class! For more information call (843) 457-9621 or visit http://www.thefallrollout.com/.
October 1 – Sea Pines Fundraising Gala: “Seasons of Life” at Sea Pines Country Club on Hilton Head Island. Enjoy guest speakers, a meet and greet, dinner, and an auction. For more information call (843) 689-2222 or visit http://www.pregnancycenterhhi.org/events/.
October 1 – Isle of Palms Connector Run on Palm Boulevard on the Isle of Palms. This 5K and 10K event is for the healing and prevention of child abuse in the Charleston area. For more information visit http://ioprun.com/.
October 1 – 2 – Harvest Home Weekend Festival at Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet. Enjoy fall activities such as hay rides, pumpkin painting, entertainment, and food, with outdoor activities for kids to include sidewalk chalking, temporary tattoos, craft activities, and more. For more information call (843) 235-6000 or visit http://www.brookgreen.org/HarvestHome.html.
October 2 – Latin American Festival at Wannamaker County Park in North Charleston. Fill your day with the sights and sounds of Latin America with Salsa and Merengue music and dancing, authentic foods and crafts, and plenty of activities for everyone in the family. For more information call (843) 795-4386 or visit http://ccprc.com/1699/Latin-American-Festival.
October 2 – Scrumptious Summerville in the Guilford Gates neighborhood in Summerville. View custom built homes while sampling food by noted Lowcountry restaurants and executive chefs, while enjoying live entertainment and beautiful arrangements by local florists and designers. For more information call (843) 875-1551 or visit http://www.dorchesterchildren.org/index.php/events/kitchen-tour.
October 2 – Summerville Italian Festival in historic downtown Summerville. Enjoy your favorite Italian dishes and wines at this fun and tasty festival. For more information call (843) 412-5042 or (609) 784-4452 or visit http://www.summervilleitalianfeast.com/.